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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Aug 24, 2011 2:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A few more newbie questions

Kevin- You raise many questions in one post - can't attempt to offer answers to all of 'em, especially for good show recs past 1977. There are many others here more qualified; and a little poking around here will yield several people's Top Ten for every year.

I see WT has given you some significant homework for 68-69. That's part of the fun - we have lots of GD homework. It's difficult for most of us to even consider passing up the long, exquisite jamming - it is the very essence of the GD experience. I can understand passing up Drums-Space, although there are some people here who are aficionados of that totally free-form stuff. But passing up Dark Star? that gives me pause... in many ways, this is the ultimate GD music. Duty calls me to give you a little encouragement.

For me, Dark Star is a winding journey, a story told in sounds, places, emotions, melodies. There's more written material about Dark Star than any other piece. Perhaps you will need to focus mental energy to prepare for the journey - the first time I heard it I was very loose on some wonderful smoke, which may not be your scene, but had the effect of allowing me to "go there." The version on Live/Dead is probably the most widely known outside of our circle of Deadheads, and it's a reasonable starting place since it's short and expressive. For a full description of what's going on musically and structurally, this may be of help, but it requires more than an hour of your time:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rs_4TQLycQI

Here's a little more reading: http://tinyurl.com/3gv6jj5
and this, just for good measure: http://artsites.ucsc.edu/GDead/agdl/ds.html

So that's your assignment, should you choose to accept it - and if it doesn't turn you on, that's OK too. Listen to the music play....


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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Aug 24, 2011 3:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A few more newbie questions

"Dark Star is a winding journey, a story told in sounds, places, emotions, melodies"

nice, and succinctly put; perfect

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Poster: kdern Date: Aug 24, 2011 3:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A few more newbie questions

Wow - that's a lot of pressure! :)

I will stick with Dark Star... listening to 4/28/71 now from a suggestion above.

Perhaps my Dead preferences come from the fact that I arrived at the Dead by way of bluegrass, Beatles, Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel and Led Zeppelin. I don't listen to any other jam bands, and I mostly like Jazz that swings.

I'll keep it up though. The YouTube video looks interesting.

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Aug 24, 2011 9:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A few more newbie questions

Didn't mean to pressure you- maybe just guide. We're all on the same journey to greater understanding.

And - you'll find many of us also dig the Beatles, Dylan, Led Zepp, and especially bluegrass. This music shares the same roots.

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Poster: kdern Date: Aug 24, 2011 4:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A few more newbie questions

OK - I just listened to 4/28/71 Dark Star per Cliff's suggestion, and it's pretty great. It didn't wander too much for me, there were vocals at the beginning at the end to help the rest of it make sense. It's definitely the first Dark Star I actually liked!

4/29/71 is the next show I'm planning to listen to, so it'll be interesting to hear a DS from the next night.

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